As well they should, because, put simply, this isn't your typical Sally Field movie. A long way from Gidget, Eye For an Eye is the very aptly titled story of Karen McCann (Field), a white bread mother whose daughter is raped and murdered (in an exceedingly disturbing opening scene) by a nutcase killer (Sutherland). Ed Harris plays Mack, Karen's second (and very understanding) husband, and Mantegna is the investigator on the case.
The killer is apprehended, but a legal technicality sets him free. Frustrated with the legal system and obsessed with vengeance, Karen decides to take the law into her own hands, with some interesting consequences.
What makes this a really creepy film is not so much the plot and Karen's morbid fascination with the killer, but it's the fact that it's Sally Field with a streak of retribution running through her. Adding to the chilly mood is a perfectly cast Sutherland, looking and acting like he's straight out of ten years in Attica.
The movie itself could have been a lot more than it ended up being. The plot turns out to be pretty much open and shut, as not much in the way of a classic "thriller" ever starts you guessing or even makes you jump in your seat. Instead, the slow pace gets the film to evolve into more of an in-depth character study than anything else, which probably isn't the direction this picture needed to take. Put simply, the movie just never grabs you.
In the end, Eye For an Eye turns out some good performances in ho-hum roles. And while the tension slowly builds up over the course of the film, it never quite makes it to where it desperately needed to go.
Run time: 101 mins
In Theaters: Friday 12th January 1996
Distributed by: Leo Films
Production compaines: Paramount Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
IMDB: 6.1 / 10
Director: John Schlesinger
Producer: Michael Levy
Starring: Sally Field as Karen McCann, Ed Harris as Mack McCann, Olivia Burnette as Julie McCann, Kiefer Sutherland as Robert Doob, Alexandra Kyle as Megan McCann, Joe Mantegna as Det. Sgt. Denillo, Beverly D'Angelo as Dolly Green, Cynthia Rothrock as Martial Arts Instructor, Philip Baker Hall as Sidney Hughes, Keith David as Martin